Stories for Sep. 1, 2014
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Google is reportedly blocking certain older browsers from seeing the latest version of its search engine. A weekend complaint on Google’s product forums from someone using Opera 12 (the current version is 23) and seeing an older version of Google Search, elicited a response from a Google engineer stating that this “isn’t a bug, it’s working as intended.” As the BBC noted, Google has been encouraging the use of more “modern” browsers since 2011, when it stopped supporting older browsers for Gmail users. The engineer said newer browsers were needed to support Google’s “improvements” to search, though people should of course be using up-to-date browsers for security purposes anyway.

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Apple has hired Anand Lal Shimpi, the founder of hardcore nuts-and-bolts tech website AnandTech. Shimpi announced his retirement from tech publishing on the weekend, 18 years after he began blogging at age 14 – Ryan Smith is the new editor in chief at AnandTech, a publication that’s something of a bible for those who like to delve into the specifics of computer components. Recode reported on Sunday that Apple had hired Shimpi, but the company didn’t explain what role he would be fulfilling.

Stories for Aug. 31, 2014
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Some marketing-technology platforms — especially those from the big guys — are far too CRM-focused, at the expense of advertising and multichannel and multi-objective campaigns. Read more »

Stories for Aug. 30, 2014
Stories for Aug. 29, 2014

Hadoop startup Altiscale is close to completing its mission to make Docker a suitable environment for running Hadoop jobs. One of the big remaining issues has to do with network security and ensuring bad neighbors don’t spoil the party for everyone in multi-tenant environments. Read more »

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Snapchat’s curious “Our Story” experiment is now viewable to the masses, under the “Live” tab at the bottom of Recent Updates. Our Story allows Snapchat users in the same location to add snaps to an ongoing, crowdsourced reel of the event. The company first introduced it for the Electric Daisy Carnival in June and then brought it to Rio, Outside Lands and Lollapalooza. Previously, you could only view “Our Story” if you were there in-person at the festival. But with the latest update, anyone anywhere can take a look at the compiled action. Snapchat has not clarified what events in the future will offer an “Our Story” reel. We’ve reached out to ask and will update this when we hear back.

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If you’d like a fast phone that’s unapologetically plastic, you could do a lot worse than the HTC One E8, which Sprint officially announced on Friday. It will cost $100 with a 2-year contract or $500 on its own, and functionally it’s close to a carbon copy of the well-liked HTC One M8, but with a plastic body, a downgraded camera, and it lacks 802.11ac Wi-Fi support. But if you’re in the right market, the E8 can tap into Sprint’s speedy tri-band Spark network.

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